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A new documentary journey to the Karabakh horse

Release date:
12 April 2016

Baku - The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and BP Azerbaijan, together with Azerbaijanfilm and STUDIO TOR 1 Filmproduktion of Berlin are delighted to announce the launch of a new documentary “Sarylar - a journey to the Karabakh horse”.

The documentary is a joint product created by an international film crew to introduce the Karabakh horses - one of the last purebred horse breeds in the world. The story is inspired by a search of the descendants of the Karabakh horse “Golden Boy” from Azerbaijan presented to the Queen of the United Kingdom in 1956. A long and fascinating journey ends all the way across Europe and the Caucasus Mountains to find the successor Karabakh horse “Golden Boy II” in his homeland Azerbaijan safe and glorious. The story once again highlights how human beings and animals depend on and can learn from each other.


The official public presentation of the documentary will take place at the Nizami Cinema in Baku on 15 April 2016.

Gordon Birrell, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, says: “This is a touching story about how people think animals are part of their lives and, most importantly, part of their culture. For us in BP, support for cultural legacy is one of the key areas of our social performance.


“Throughout our 20+ year-presence here, in addition to our primary responsibility, which is to operate major oil and gas fields, we have developed and implemented numerous very successful social and cultural projects. These have mainly focused on support for education, community development through trainings and capacity building, creation of economic opportunities for local enterprises, support for sport and cultural legacy, environmental protection and a number of others. As Azerbaijan’s long-term reliable partner, we aim to continue to invest in these most important social development areas”.


Further information

Turkan Rustamova at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Press Office,

tel.: (+994 12) 498-20-62;
Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, tel.: (+994 12) 599 47 75